TODAY (JUNE 18), IN REGGAE HISTORY. DEVON RUSSELL PASSES AWAY

Devon Russell was a strong Rocksteady and Reggae record producer and singer from Jamaica. Later, after the European tour with The Congos, he relocated to the United Kingdom. 

Devon was both a solo artist and a member of the Tartans and cultural roots throughout his music career, active from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Devon Russell began his career with the Tartans in the 1960s. The Tartans were a group of four, the other three members being Cedric Myton, Lindbergh “Preps” Lewis, and Prince Lincoln Thompson.

After the Tartans were disbanded, Devon resorted to a solo career and later joined the Cultural Roots as the lead singer releasing Money, Sex, and Violence album April 1, 1991.

In the mid-1970s, Devon recorded 11 songs that were never released for Lee “Scratch” Perry and produced Big Youth’s 1978 album “Isaiah First Prophet of the Old”  

In 1982, Devon Russell’s solo album “Roots Music” released on Sweet Music Records, Studio One Label by producer Clement “Coxsone” Dodd.

In the early 1990s, Russell worked with Skaville Train and Zion Train and in 1996, “Darker Than Blue”, his fourth album was a tribute to Curtis Mayfield as it wholly comprises of Mayfield Cover Versions.

Devon Russell passed away on June 18, 1997. He died of a Brain Tumor.

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